How to hang a painting perfectly


Choosing a painting for your collection can be daunting. You want to make sure that once you’ve brought your new art home, it is hung in the right room, in the right place, amongst art which complements it, rather than clashes. Hanging a painting may seem like a fairly straightforward task, but considering you’ve spent a lot of time choosing a painting and potentially a lot of money in the process, you want to make sure you get it just right. We’ve put together this step-by-step guide with the help of paint and decoration connoisseur, Edward Bulmer, to make sure you hang the painting perfectly, every time.

This set of nine framed prints is based on 19th century scientific illustrations, each featuring a different flower or plant. Each design comes printed on antique-effect paper with the latin names underneath. The array of flower varieties include lilac, rose-acacia, clematis and chalicevine.

Choose a space for your painting

“Focal points are best with pictures or paintings rather than left blank. Suit the subject matter to the type of room or feel. I like the composition and space around it to be in balance with the picture.”

Edward Bulmer

Clear the space of all furniture and hangings to make sure that you don’t cause any damage to your new piece. Most modern walls are dry walls but anything else will need professional installation. Make sure all of your pictures have safe fixings on the back and that you have the appropriate hooks for your wall. Different walls require different hooks so, if you don’t know what your wall is made of, test it with a steel pin. If that does not go in easily then use the white plastic ‘hard wall’ hooks.

These detailed watercolour prints of feathers in sepia come glazed in a rubbed black and gold wooden frame. They make for striking wall art when grouped together but are equally effective when hung separately.

How to measure up for your painting

Use a pencil or masking tape to predict where you would like your painting to hang. Take in factors such as surrounding furniture, how high the ceiling is and where it is in relation to doors and alcoves. Experts suggest that as a general rule, five feet from the ground or 12 inches from the top of the furniture is suitable for viewers of all heights. Just be sure to apply the same rule to all other pieces hung in that room.

“Consider all of the practicalities: measure for the centre, a spirit level is your best friend, use a method, such as hooks and wire, that makes height adjustments easy.”

Edward Bulmer

Transform any room into an art gallery with this incredible wall hanging that is comprised of three paulownia wood panels. Each design has been painted by hand with the finer details achieved using hand-carving to add texture and depth to this abstract feature. Meaning ‘power of the moon’, our Miakoda Wall Hanging features a circular lunar-like motif in muted shades, hand-painted using acrylic paint. We love the sheer scale of this – sometimes one big piece of art is all you need to make an impact.

How to create a gallery wall

When creating a gallery wall, treat the picture grouping as if they are a single piece. First, lie out the design you will group them in on the floor, so you can see the finished look. Then take out the tape measure so that you can replicate the grouping on your wall. Use a consistent and uniform space between all the pictures.

“To create a gallery wall, you can hang symmetrically or asymmetrically but be sure to have more picture showing than wall. Have a picture rather than a gap in the centre.”

Edward Bulmer

A set of nine prints that feature an array of various late 16th and early 17th century maps of the world by European explorers. Each print comes mounted and glazed in a black and gold fir wood frame with a distressed finish. It’s the perfect set of prints for those with a little bit of wanderlust.

How to hammer a nail for a painting

Mark the spot where you intend to put your picture with a pencil mark on the wall. If the piece is heavy you may need to use two hooks, so be sure to mark both of them. Your nail should be around 1.5 inches long. When hammering it into your wall, aim the hammer in a slightly downward direction to make the hold more stable. When checking the painting is hanging straight, stand back at least five feet. It is important to trust your eye, don’t get too attached to the measuring tape. Remember it is more important that your art is hanging in the best place than worrying too much about making new holes since they are easy to fill.

“With a bit of consideration, you can play with mixing different painting styles in the same room to create a unique look.”

Edward Bulmer

A dozen framed prints, each featuring a dissected piece of fruit, come printed on antique-effect paper. Their pomological names are written underneath the pictures that include a paw paw, red and green apples, a pear, an orange, a lemon, cherries and a fig.


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